Monday, January 28, 2008

Daily Digest January 28, 2008


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR - The campaign is ramping up
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?pid=162

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD - Transparency on detainees
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1034451.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS - Canada's stance to push allies
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=102702&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Bloc's shopping list is absurd
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=05900b7b-4f80-43df-ab1a-80fea2e453a3

OTTAWA CITIZEN - The rise of the lobbyist
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=3efe8b1f-4c35-4054-8956-fa5ea3460c9b

        One crisis begets another
         http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=a8dfa5d8-f5f4-44e7-acb7-b53458f7ba46

OTTAWA SUN - Stop these attacks on free speech
http://www.ottawasun.com/Comment/Editorial/2008/01/28/4797325-sun.html

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Corner stores need fair shake from province
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=877545

TORONTO STAR - Climate change is Ottawa's brief
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/297582

        Keep our satellite in Canada ...
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/297571

K-W RECORD - Retailers deserve a level playing field
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/301213

SUDBURY STAR - Battling Tories; PC leader faces party challenges in the face of leadership convention
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=876754&auth=Blizzard%2c+Christina

        Canada clings to outdated health model
         http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=876755

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Canada needs straight talk from Harper
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=aa7c7ec1-2a59-4cd6-976c-88c14b152d0d

REGINA LEADER-POST - Trouble at the Tap
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=3fbb3e0b-c0ab-4278-b30b-51911ecf85dc

CALGARY HERALD - Time to consider reasonable limits
Canada needs to establish the boundaries on abortion
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=e9676c69-0fb5-464d-a5d0-b96aba60d7bc

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Making political hay?
Opposition parties looking to make inroads in next election
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/371579.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - A woman for president
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=8653c9a3-1fdd-40c8-98ab-6c718865780d

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Secrecy undermines support for the war
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9591.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - A damning rebuke
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=114987&Itemid=161

VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST - A grim record on forest safety
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=237d7363-49b8-49e0-a75f-56ae5e3839ba


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
First nations ponder suits as alarm over sea lice spreads
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=15f80572-5346-40e3-be44-fb43639a6463


CANADIAN FORCES
Who's screening our recruits?
Military accepts B.C. man who allegedly boasted of murders, said he was Christ
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=268142


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. senators rally against new border ID rules
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=269882


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Canada weighs test for foreign takeovers
http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2008/01/28/canada_weighs_test_for_foreign_takeovers/

Ease foreign takeover rules, Ottawa told
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=269797

Hollowing out' splits financial sector
http://www.financialpost.com/trading_desk/financials/story.html?id=269843

Canada should be wary on foreign buy limits-report
http://www.reuters.com/article/mergersNews/idUSN2845556720080128?sp=true

Canada replacing lost manufacturing jobs with better work
http://www.reportonbusiness.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080128.wjobquality0128/BNStory/robNews/home?cid=al_gam_mostview

Shareholders need a say on executive pay
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=c707ad07-211d-4453-8211-277efe741e29


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
US, Britain stung by an Afghan temper
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JA29Df02.html

Neo-cons shaken, but not deterred
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JA29Ak04.html


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Canada's economy depends on Alberta oil: Stelmach
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080128/stelmach_oil_080128/20080128?hub=Canada

Campbell, McGuinty to push climate agenda
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080128.BCPREMIERS28N/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Provincial muddle on emissions
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/298019


POLITICS
Liberals pull ahead of Tories in new poll
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080128/dead_heat_080128/20080128?hub=Canada

Volatile issues could sidetrack Conservative agenda in Parliament
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080128.wparliament28/BNStory/National/home

Opposition grills Harper over Afghan detainees, other issues
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/01/28/canada-questionperiod.html

Opposition MPs tee off on Afghan detainees issue
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080128/parl_resumes_080128/20080128?hub=Canada

Question period: Dion and Ignatieff on detainees 6:23
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/28/ctvvideologger2_500kbps_2008_01_28_1201548313.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/28/ctvvideologger2_218kbps_2008_01_28_1201546092.wmv&clip_start=00:06:29.65&clip_end=00:06:23.38&clip_caption=Question%20period:%20Dion%20and%20Ignatieff%20on%20detainees&clip_id=ctvnews.20080128.00231000-00231088-clip1&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20080128&slug=parl_resumes_080128&archive=CTVNews

Harper accepts 'broad' terms of Manley report
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080128/harper_manley_080128/20080128?hub=Canada

CTV News: Craig Oliver examines Harper's response 1:33
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/HTMLTemplate?tf=/ctv/mar/video/new_player.html&cf=ctv/mar/ctv.cfg&hub=Canada&video_link_high=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/28/ctvvideologger2_500kbps_2008_01_28_1201559782.wmv&video_link_low=mms://ctvbroadcast.ctv.ca/video/2008/01/28/ctvvideologger2_218kbps_2008_01_28_1201557561.wmv&clip_start=00:00:36.73&clip_end=00:01:33.09&clip_caption=CTV%20News:%20Craig%20Oliver%20examines%20Harper's%20response&clip_id=ctvnews.20080128.00231000-00231095-clip1&subhub=video&no_ads=&sortdate=20080128&slug=harper_manley_080128&archive=CTVNews

Harper is the real problem, not Buckler, Ignatieff says
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080128.wdetainees28/BNStory/National/home

Who is this guy and what's he done with Stephen Harper?
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=269958

PM's plea for unity lost in Afghan detainee fallout
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=269814

Read the full text of Harper's statement
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=269958

Looking toward the Hill Breaking News
Labrador man sets sights on Parliament
http://www.thelabradorian.ca/index.cfm?sid=102581&sc=347

Prime Minister Harper misspeaks
http://www.damianpenny.com/archived/010762.html

Tough fight expected for Liberal nomination
Don Valley West 'going to be hotly contested'
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=268195

Afghanistan and economy to be top issues in House of Commons
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/january/28/legislation/&c=1

Mulroney-Schreiber affair 'going to be very juicy' in this winter House session
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/january/28/mulroneyschreiber/&c=1

Keen demoted, not dismissed, may have been legal, says law expert
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/january/28/civiccircles/&c=1

PM's tight control on government 'weird' strategy, say some experts
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/january/28/pmcontrol/&c=1

Parties failing to urge Milliken to enforce discipline in House: MPs
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/january/28/milliken/&c=1

Some top political staffers to watch in this Parliamentary session
http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/cover_index.php?display=story&full_path=/2008/january/28/staffers/&c=1

Politics and the future of the Afghan mission
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Columnists/1034598.html

Tories' fate is hanging by a thread
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/297968


PROGRAMMES
Scrapped by Ottawa, high-tech radar sold overseas
System designed to patrol B.C. coast
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=3a853b61-62cd-449a-9537-3bae9565a2a2


PRESSURE POINTS
Weather chaos could trigger civil unrest: Report
http://www.thestar.com/World/Columnist/article/298018


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Federal politicians are carefully avoiding a discussion of health care
http://www.ottawasun.com/News/National/2008/01/28/4797333-sun.html

History shows Afghanistan won't change
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1034441.html

Shortfalls of report on Afghan mission no laughing matter
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1034688.html

There may be no end point in Afghanistan
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/columnists/w_neville/story/4114320p-4709978c.html

Fallout from Chalk River
Politicians are to blame for troubles in Canada's nuclear industry
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/columnists/top3/story/4115565p-4711201c.html

Ham-fisted barley policy backfires
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4115283p-4710767c.html

Opposition grows to proposed copyright law
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Business/Columnists/Canton_David/2008/01/28/4797264-sun.html

Manley report ignored the Afghan drug dilemma
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=b8ac7e64-a59a-4c49-bf0b-714367853cee

Recession jitters escalate
Majority polled say Canadians will 'weather the storm,' but want government to step in
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=a9425d2f-fa15-4607-a352-96a9d1420450

The world according to Hillier
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e1e25045-9b59-4ca1-88b9-a1d09d0cb7f2

The politics of life and death
Despite assurances to the contrary, the Tories' refusal to ask for clemency for a Canadian killer on death row in Montana has their critics wondering if this is the first step toward bringing capital punishment back to Canada, Richard Foot reports http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=396c9f40-351a-4d4c-9a5c-abff51c68971

Tories divided on death penalty
Canadians on death row face an uncertain future
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=144e471d-fcf5-456b-a95c-9ceeec559aea

Assignment Kandahar: A Grave in the Arghandab
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/01/27/assignment-kandahar-a-grave-in-the-arghandab.aspx

Sifting out the Afghan 'bad guys'
Taliban not sole danger to leader
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=268145

Suicide by tolerance
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=268200


INFOS

Tirs groupés de l'opposition
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/01/28/003-communes-rentree-tirs-oppositi.shtml

L'OTAN devra trouver des renforts
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/01/28/001-harper_afghanistan.shtml

Ottawa est responsable des ratés de la lutte aux GES
http://www2.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/archives/2008/01/20080128-150620.html

Harper accepte les grandes lignes du rapport Manley
http://www2.canoe.com/infos/international/archives/2008/01/20080128-131158.html

Départ imminent du dernier contingent de soldats
http://lcn.canoe.ca/lcn/infos/national/archives/2008/01/20080128-145555.html

Le Conseil de la fédération discutera de changements climatiques
http://www2.canoe.com/techno/nouvelles/archives/2008/01/20080128-142741.html

Harper veut y continuer l'intervention militaire
http://lcn.canoe.ca/lcn/infos/national/archives/2008/01/20080128-142607.html

Le Canada vend plus d'entreprises qu'il n'en achète
http://argent.canoe.com/lca/infos/canada/archives/2008/01/20080128-142013.html

Isotopes: Ottawa n'a pas appelé à l'aide
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/28/173663.html

Irrégularités financières - La vérificatrice générale critique vertement le Commissariat à l'information
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/28/173636.html

Reprise des travaux parlementaires à Ottawa - L'opposition s'interroge sur l'opportunité de renverser le gouvernement
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/28/173643.html

Prisonniers afghans: MacKay se fie à l'armée
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/01/28/173635.html

Harper propose de prolonger la mission afghane et veut convaincre Dion
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080128/N012892AU.html

Suspension des transferts des détenus afghans: Harper reste silencieux
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080128/N012858AU.html

Aide aux secteurs manufacturiers/forestiers: plan d'attaque du Bloc
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080128/CPACTUALITES/80128140/1025/CPACTUALITES

Les Canadiens de moins en moins fidèles à un parti politique
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080127/CPACTUALITES/80127102/1025/CPACTUALITES

Crise des isotopes: Ottawa aurait pu avoir l'aide d'Européens
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080128/CPACTUALITES/80128031/1025/CPACTUALITES

Transferts des détenus afghans: Harper reste silencieux
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080128/CPACTUALITES/80128148/5846/CPACTUALITES


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AS YET NOT FOUND IN ANGLOPHONE PRESS

The Government of Canada would have almost three weeks before launching an appeal for help to tackle the global shortage of medical isotopes of November and recent months, according to information collected by Le Devoir. http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cyberpresse.ca%2Farticle%2F20080128%2FCPACTUALITES%2F80128031%2F1025%2FCPACTUALITES&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Cette pénurie avait été invoquée par le gouvernement conservateur pour justifier le redémarrage d'urgence du réacteur nucléaire de Chalk River, en Ontario. This shortage was invoked by the conservative government to justify the urgency of restarting the nuclear reactor at Chalk River, Ontario. Lorsque les producteurs européens d'isotopes ont finalement été contactés, ils se sont fait dire de ne pas augmenter inutilement leur production, puisque Chalk River serait remis en fonction très bientôt. When European producers of isotopes were eventually contacted, they were told not to unnecessarily increase their production, since Chalk River would be handed according soon.

Ce réacteur produit plus de 50 pour cent de la consommation mondiale d'isotopes médicaux. The reactor produces more than 50 percent of the world's medical isotopes. Il a été arrêté pour un entretien d'usage le 18 novembre dernier; il n'a pas pu redémarrer comme prévu le 24, pour cause de non-conformité à des normes de sécurité. He was arrested for an interview usual on November 18 last, but was unable to restart as scheduled on 24, due to non-compliance with safety standards.

S'il avait fallu attendre la fin des travaux de remise à niveau, le réacteur n'aurait repris du service qu'à la mi-janvier, mais Ottawa a fait adopter une loi spéciale pour faire redémarrer le réacteur le 16 décembre. Had he taken until the completion of the upgrade, the reactor would back into service until mid-January, but Ottawa has enacted a special law to restart the reactor on Dec. 16.

«Le Devoir» a appris que le 10 décembre, une conférence téléphonique a été organisée entre des représentants canadiens et ceux des trois réacteurs européens pour discuter d'un approvisionnement alternatif. "Le Devoir" has learned that on December 10, a telephone conference was held between representatives of the Canadian and the three reactors in Europe to discuss an alternative supply. À ce moment, il s'était déjà écoulé 19 jours depuis qu'Energie atomique Canada Limitée avait averti le gouvernement canadien que Chalk River ne redémarrerait pas comme prévu le 24 novembre. At that time, he had gone 19 days since that Energie Atomic Canada Limited had warned the Canadian government that Chalk River does not resumed as scheduled on November 24.

Dans ce domaine, chaque jour compte, puisque les isotopes radioactifs ne peuvent être conservés plus de quelques dizaines d'heures. In this area, every day, because radioactive isotopes can be stored for more than a few tens of hours. Ils doivent être produits et distribués en continu dans les hôpitaux et les cliniques. They need to be produced and distributed continuously in hospitals and clinics.

Bernard Ponsard, physicien responsable de la production d'isotopes au BR-2, en Belgique, affirme au journal «Le Devoir» que s'il l'avait demandé, le Canada aurait pu obtenir de l'aide de la Belgique et, deux semaines plus tard, des Pays-Bas plutôt que de forcer la remise en fonction d'un réacteur déficient. Bernard Ponsard, a physicist responsible for the production of isotopes to BR-2, Belgium, said the newspaper "Le Devoir" if he had asked, Canada could get help from Belgium and two weeks later, the Netherlands rather than forcing the surrender on the basis of a flawed reactor.

Au moment de déposer le projet de loi d'urgence en décembre, le ministre de la Santé, Tony Clement, avait assuré que lui et son ministère avaient déployé toute l'énergie nécessaire pour trouver des sources alternatives d'isotopes médicaux. At the time of filing the bill of emergency in December, the Health Minister, Tony Clement, had assured that he and his ministry had deployed all the energy required to find alternative sources of medical isotopes. Peu après, son confrère des Ressources naturelles, Gary Lunn, affirmait que le gouvernement n'avait pas le choix de faire adopter la loi d'urgence pour relancer le réacteur. Shortly afterwards, his colleague of Natural Resources Gary Lunn, argued that the government had no choice but to adopt the emergency law to restart the reactor.

C'est d'ailleurs pour cette raison que le ministre Lunn a limogé la présidente de la Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire, Linda Keen. It was for this reason that the Minister Lunn dismissed the president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Linda Keen. Il lui reprochait de ne pas avoir considéré l'impact sur le milieu médical de son refus de faire redémarrer Chalk River. He reproached for not having considered the impact on the medical community for its refusal to restart Chalk River.

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From: "Claudia Hudson"
Subject: link re fluoride

http://www.fluoridealert.org/health/
 
Joe
 
I think this information is important for our health
 
Claudia

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From: Ron Thornton <tmgarj@telusplanet.net>
To: Joe Hueglin <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 26-27, 2008

Hi Joe:

It is -30 in Edmonton today, so I can either go out in the cold and shovel the drifts out of my driveway, or I can stay inside where it is warm and write to you.  I have made my decision, at least for the moment.

1. Should we stay in Afghanistan?  Yes, if it meets two criteria.  If by having our troops in that nation, we are keeping the nut jobs from making attacks on our shores and if our humanitarian efforts are overwhelmingly welcome by the people of Afghanistan.  If the answer to both is no, then home our troops should go.  If the answer to either is yes, then these brave men and women are serving a righteous cause and they and their mission deserve our unwavering support.

2. On global warming.  I much prefer it to global cooling.  If the ice is melting, then we are continuing to exit the last ice age. I think that would be good news. If our glaciers and ice caps start to grow, then we truly have a problem to face.  Progress and development die when the temps plummet. In any event, there is nothing to indicate anything mankind can do will alter what nature has in mind.  We can destroy our western economies to give third-world banana republic dictators more money, to give more money to China to continue to build hundreds more coal-generated power plants, and divert tax dollars from our education, transportation, health, and agricultural sectors to help make Al Gore relevant. Or, maybe we could invest in meeting the goal (as was done to produce the A-Bomb and put a man on the moon) of developing a renewable, affordable, and environmentally-friendly source of energy over the next decade (or less) that is available to rich and poor nations alike You know, actually having someone present us with a solution rather than just trying to produce a problem. Just a thought.

3. Abortion is the taking of a human life, usually done at a time when the fetus might more resemble a chicken than a human baby, though that is not always the case.  In the end, the only questions to debate is under what conditions is it acceptable and who should be expected to pay the costs?  The extremes range from never to whenever.

Now, is it time to shovel the drifts, or to do my nails?  I wonder where my wife hides the polish?

Ron

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From: "Suan H.Booiman"
Subject: the question
To: blord@mccarthy.ca

                                                         Suan H.Booiman C.C.D.H.
                                                             204-1220 Fir Street
British Columbia                                   White Rock V4B 4B1            Western Canada
 
January 28, 2007
 
 
The Hon.Mr.Bernard Lord
Lawyer, Past premier of New Brunswick.
 
Dear Mr.Lord,
 
Does one dare to use your private life to raise questions ?
 
Of course one does as you have been appointed By Prime Minister Harper to
investigate the usefulness of the enforcement of the French language (Joual) in
Canada.
 
In a letter to the National Post did wonder how you as a Quebecois would be
able to give a truthful answer to the over-rated bureaucracy.
 
Nearly 40 years and billions of dollars has not brought forward what Trudeau
dictated onto the country (without pubic consultation).
 
Today we are harassed by paying for immersion programs to teach children
a dying language, plus learning that many English speaking Canadians are
denied full employment and promotion in the Canadian bureaucracy and
military because of the presence of a minority that refused to assimilate
under the Trudeau image of multiculturalism.
 
The Nation is supposedly getting your answer on the end of this month, or
will it be handed to Harper personally so he can wait for the election to pass
before disclosure, either way it will be the political dream of buying votes at
the cost of billions.
 
Looking forward to a democratic reply, if one can consider Canada to be
a democracy.
 
Yours truly,
 
Suan H.Booiman
 
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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: not unexpected

 Don't treat the old and unhealthy, say doctors
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/27/nhs127.xml&CMP=ILC-mostviewedbox

Soon to come to Canada? No mention that the elderly and the smokers
shouldn't have to pay taxes for healthcare either.

Of course the government would decide what is a healthy lifestyle. They
have such a good track record in deciding on other matters---NOT!

Becky

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From: "John Halonen" <johnhalonen@gmail.com>
To: "Joe Hueglin" <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 25, 2008


Subject: Ontario Politicians / Press Absense
 
Recently I forwarded the following to all elected members of the Ontario Legislature.
 
The NDP responded indicating their intent to add the subject to their Northern caucus meeting in Timmins.
 
Please
use your influence to contact our Premier of Ontario and include for discussion with the Prime Minister of Canada during the Minister`s Economic meeting this month.

Subject:
North American Super Corridor

History
: Manitoba`s Premier has mentioned in his address to the legislature that Manitoba has been in discussion for five years on this subject, as to building a pathway to Hudson Bay to facilitate the movement of goods delivered via Ocean vessels to the mid-west US marketplace and Mexico.
Saskatchewan has addressed a possibility of building the pathway thru their province.

Proposal:
Ontario should be thought of as an alternative to the proposed route, via linkage to James Bay.

Reason:
James Bay currently has rail traffic, and there is a highway sytem currently in place that could be upgraded to accomodate major movement of shipping goods.
James Bay is also much closer to population centres across North America and would allow for greater Ocean traffic to a port that would allow easy entry to most of our population in North America. Linkage is still available to mid west US marketplaces via current highway systems in place today. Even the distance to Winnipeg, Manitoba from James Bay is not that much greater than Churchill, Manitoba.

Justification:
Least Cost and with current access .
 
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Our two major Ontario parties Liberal & Conservative have not responded, therefore one must assume that neither are interested in the economic well being of the citizens in Northern Ontario.
 
Equally, of importance, is the lack of interest of Ontario`s newspaper publications.
 
Could it be that our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has already reached agreement that Churchill, Manitoba is to be Canada`s Northern Ocean Port, as part of the Security, Prosperity Partnership ( SPP ) with Mexico, the United States and Canada?
 
Climate Change has made the feasIbility of developing a Northern port within the next decade.
 
John Halonen

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From: Michael Watkins
Subject: Re: Daily Digest January 24, 2008

* Joe Hueglin wrote on [2008-01-25 01:07:32 -0500]:

>    It suggests a form of diplomatic blackmail against the
>    39-nation international security force guiding the ailing
>    Afghanistan mission: bail us out with another 1,000 fighting
>    soldiers or we*re bailing out of the conflict.

One could not expect from Manley anything other than support for
continuation, given he was one of the principle authors of Canada's
original involvement in Afghanistan.

In stipulating that the mission can only continue with a mere 1,000
more NATO troops (which the U.S. will give up in a second in order
to keep Canada politically onside) and more military spending (which
both Harper and Manley desire), Manley has set a rather low
threshold for "success".

This isn't surprising, since success for Manley and other
like-minded hawks is simply a continuation of the mission.  For such
people "success" need not mean a successful (from the Afghan
perspective) overall outcome. 

Is there likely to be an outcome in Afghanistan which Afghanis
consider "success". Not any time soon. War, UN resolutions, UN
sponsored missions, invasions by Soviet and now NATO forces have
resulted in little more than history repeating itself over the past
30 years. Read the UN Security Council's own synopsis and you'll
detect a cyclic pattern:
http://www.un.org/News/dh/latest/afghan/un-afghan-history.shtml

"Liberating" the Afghan's is not the mission which Canada finds
itself embroiled.  For hawks simple mission continuation provides
the conditions under which other activities - public mindset
changing, military arms spending, and recruitment - can continue.

Harper and Manley are two of a kind when it comes to pulling threads
from our national fabric in order to resew a "continental"
corporate fabric.

If it takes a foreign war to get military goods on a open-ended
purchase order, Manley, Harper, and the gang are all for it.

PS: For the record, I have always been in favour of better equipping
our military and remain in support of same, but only if the
"missions" envisioned are primary concerned with national defense of
our own lands, supporting our own populations in times of need, and
supporting select UN peacekeeping operations.

Stephen Harper mouths words about sovereignty, particularly as it
pertains to the far north, but his words have no meaning. If they
did they would not permit the sale of MacDonald Detwiller's (MDA)
Space Division to a U.S. arms vendor which traffics in weapons which
are prohibited under Canadian law and international treaty.

Few in the media have commented on the fact that the Radarsats which
are part of the sale are also key components of protecting Canada's
sovereignty in the North. Since the U.S. is one of the principle
challengers of our claims to sovereignty in the Arctic, it makes no
sense whatsoever to sell off our principle weapon - information - to
companies not under our jurisdiction.

If Canada really was interested in protecting its sovereignty we'd
never have entered into a cooperative space agreement with MDA in
the first place, but would instead have retained government
ownership over Radarsat or similar space-based assets.

The U.S. has hundreds of satellites in orbit; surely a country of
Canada's wealth, population, and land mass, could justify having at
least one wholly-owned reconnaissance and scientific satellite under
our complete and sovereign control.


Michael Watkins
Vancouver

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